We usually wait until October 19th to begin decorating. This year we were all itching to get started early. This is our 5 Bulgarian Blessings very first Christmas home. Keith, I'm sure has never experienced any type of Christmas before coming home. He has now though!
The others may have had some celebrations, but not like THIS. :) So two large trees and 2 small trees are decorated inside. Our biggest tree is up, but waiting till Sunday to do our Thankful Chain (we make a paper chain with each link having something we are thankful for instead of using tinsil on that tree) and get it decorated. That tree takes a little more time, because everything on it is either their ornament with their names on it or something that we have made. The Angel Tree (Reece's Rainbow Angel Tree ornaments are the main thing on it) and our Nativity Tree (all ornaments relating to the true meaning of Christmas and our Savior) are both fully up. Our outside lights and inflatable decorations are up. All the little things that sing and make Christmas so fun are all over the house. The life size singing Santa is up in the living room.
So exciting having all 18 of these home to celebrate. So hard though knowing that three of the children who have stolen my heart are not here. We had a Christmas Auction already that started the holiday spirit flowing over on Facebook. Now we have some Christmas necklaces that will make perfect gifts that you can purchase to help with their adoptions. :)
The necklaces come on this card that explains the meaning of the necklace.
I thought these were just perfect
because they talk about the price that God the Father paid
with the life of His Son.
They also say "If God loved us, we also ought to love one another".
That is so much of the reason behind adoption!
God did it for us
we are BLESSED to be able to do it for children in the earthly sense!
These would make a perfect gift for teachers, Sunday School teachers, children, moms, grandmothers, aunts, friends, or even to put in a stocking!
For a $15, you'll have one sent to you.
If you are like me, then you always need more than one of anything.
A $25 donation will get two of them.
For $20, I will send one of these to whoever you'd like to surprise
(with or without telling them who it is from),
along with a letter than tells that this was sent to them because a donation was made
to help children be adopted.
I will put a picture of our family and the three children into the document/letter format,
so that they can see who it was to help.
For $35, I will send the above package to 2 separate people.
I have about 26 of these available to send out.
I will leave this available as long as I have enough to do it and then I'll put discontinued into the title.
I can send these now if you wish or mail them out the week of Thanksgiving.
firstname.lastname@example.org is my email address so that you can send me special instructions as to who they are going to and if you want them held until Thanksgiving.
If you pay and I do not hear otherwise,
then I will send the item to the address on the Chip In as soon as possible.
Several people have asked about the next auction. The Christmas Auction went very well and lots of people got some really great deals. Sure makes Christmas shopping easy when there is so much in one place. We are aiming to have another one the first week of November. If you have something you would like to donate, then contact me at the email address above. I will post here when the auction starts. Keep checking back. I know some people on here and Facebook missed the last one, but I will try my best to make sure everyone knows. :)